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MC5
« on: August 31, 2016, 10:36:41 AM »
MC5 was an American rock band from Lincoln Park, Michigan, formed in 1964. The original band line-up consisted of vocalist Rob Tyner, guitarists Wayne Kramer and Fred "Sonic" Smith, bassist Michael Davis, and drummer Dennis Thompson. "Crystallizing the counterculture movement at its most volatile and threatening", according to AllMusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine, the MC5's far left political ties and anti-establishment lyrics and music positioned them as emerging innovators of the punk movement in the United States. Their loud, energetic style of back-to-basics rock and roll included elements of garage rock, hard rock, blues rock, and psychedelic rock.

MC5 had a promising beginning which earned them a January 1969 cover appearance in Rolling Stone and a story written by Eric Ehrmann before their debut album was released.[5] They developed a reputation for energetic and polemical live performances, one of which was recorded as their 1969 debut album Kick Out the Jams. Their initial run was short-lived, though. In 1972, just three years after their debut record, the band came to an end. MC5 was often cited as one of the most important American hard rock groups of their era.[6] Their three albums are regarded by many as classics, and their song "Kick Out the Jams" is widely covered.

Tyner died of a heart attack in late 1991 at the age of 46. Smith also died of a heart attack, in 1994 at the age of 45. The remaining three members of the band reformed in 2003 with The Dictators' singer Handsome Dick Manitoba as its new vocalist, and this reformed line-up occasionally performed live over the next nine years until Davis died of liver failure in February 2012 at the age of 68

Also known as   Bounty Hunters
Origin   Detroit, Michigan, United States
Genres   
Rock garage rock hard rock protopunk  blues rock psychedelic rock
Years active   1964–1972, 1992, 2003–2012

Playing almost nightly any place they could in and around Detroit, MC5 quickly earned a reputation for their high-energy live performances and had a sizeable local following, regularly drawing sellout audiences of 1000 or more. Contemporary rock writer Robert Bixby stated that the sound of MC5 was like "a catastrophic force of nature the band was barely able to control.

Post-break up
Fred "Sonic" Smith formed a new group called Ascension, consisting of Smith on guitar, Thompson on drums, Davis on piano,and to replace Davis on bass a local working bass player, John Hefty, was brought in. They assembled a set of mostly original music and a few R&B and rock covers. Smith said the name Ascension symbolized the music and the band ascending to new heights and in new directions. They brought in a new manager, Chato Hill. They played only a few live performances and disbanded after less than a year. One live recording was made but never edited or released.

After this, Smith formed a new group called Sonic's Rendezvous Band, married singer Patti Smith, retired from music to raise a family, and died in 1994. Sonic's Rendezvous Band released only the "City Slang" single during their initial time as a group, though later recordings were released posthumously, and a reconstituted Rendezvous Band (including original member Scott Morgan, of The Rationals and a newly added Deniz Tek of Radio Birdman) reunited in tribute years afterward.

Wayne Kramer made scattered appearances on other people's records before being incarcerated for drug offenses (in prison in Kentucky, Kramer was unexpectedly reunited with MC5 bassist Michael Davis, also behind bars on a drug charge). After his parole, Kramer worked straight jobs for several years and focused on kicking drugs; in the early 1990s, he returned to the music industry, and has released several well-received albums.

Rob Tyner became a successful producer, manager and promoter in Detroit; he released the warmly-reviewed Blood Brothers in 1990 a year before his death in September, 1991.  Tyner performed under his own name for many years but also performed under "The MC5" for some live gigs for a brief period, though he was the only active original member involved. During the mid-1980s, Tyner produced a single for Detroit band Vertical Pillows, and occasionally made brief guest appearances during some of their live shows, singing MC5 covers.

Members
Classic line-up
Wayne Kramer - guitars, vocals (1963-December 1972, 1992, 2003–2012)
Fred "Sonic" Smith - guitars, vocals (1964-December 1972, 1992), bass (1963-1964; died 1994)
Rob Tyner - vocals (1965-November 1972), bass (1964; died 1991)
Michael Davis - bass (1965-February 1972, 1992, 2003-2012; died 2012)
Dennis Thompson - drums (1965-November 1972, 1992, 2003–2012)

Other members
Leo LeDuc - drums (1963-1964)
Billy Vargo - guitars (1963-1964)
Bob Gaspar - drums (1964–1965)
Patrick Burrows - bass (1964–1965)
Steve "Annapurna" Moorhouse - bass (February 1972-March 1972)
Derek Hughes - bass (March 1972-April 1972, June 1972-December 1972)
Ray Craig - bass (April 1972-June 1972)
Ritchie Dharma - drums (November 1972-December 1972)
Handsome Dick Manitoba - vocals (2005–2012)


Here are some of their Best:

Borderline       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xic_N1BtZLE

Starship      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsU99weyY8Y

I Want You Right Now        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcCGUt9ZXBI

Rocket Reducer No.62 RamaLamaFaFaFa     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ll5kKCzHii0

Kick Out The Jams     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XhQRFO4M7A

Ramblin' Rose    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZbjseBPjhw

Motor City Is Burning Baby     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-y871cCYOyU

Kick Out The Jams Full Album     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zc799l-q3KI&list=PLRQKT-Cu2_2Rm4hXiWx7yjX4q17P9c9fU

Sister Anne         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vu32QpGkO2A&list=PLbRRLqbu7XzH61OMjHdqnUNY_vGqjZdAW

Come Together     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IBcey6i_X4&index=6&list=PLbRRLqbu7XzH61OMjHdqnUNY_vGqjZdAW

Kick Out The Jams Detroit 1969     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zkq-4rR4dOo&list=PLbRRLqbu7XzH61OMjHdqnUNY_vGqjZdAW&index=11

Looking At You      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfDoUIh23Wg

Fred Smith and Wayne Kramer Live 1972     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dc-GuXPAqjA
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Re: MC5
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2016, 07:52:27 PM »
Don't know if they'll get chosen, but nice to see these guys among the rock n roll hall of fame nominees. Can be said that these guys were a pioneering band of both metal and also hardcore punk. They do like to induct it seems, ground breaking bands, so who knows maybe they'll have a shot.

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Re: MC5
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2016, 09:15:39 PM »
MC5 - Beat Club Recording Sessions: Bremen, Germany 1972
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFnkSCdpdmg

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Re: MC5
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2017, 04:46:15 PM »
 Let it Rock (Live - 1972 Helsinki, Finland)   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNxB--hJkoQ

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Re: MC5
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2017, 12:42:45 PM »
Great stuff here is some more cool MC5 related stuff,

Tonight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyPiGc1RlrI

It's A Man's Man's World: Live 1970 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjI0hMbUjvg

Rob Tyner Band 1977: Taboo  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMwHKAfpwJs
Rob Tyner w/ Weapons Michigan 1990 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viTvhuArLKQ
MC5: Looking at You 1970 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDA2fCnVR3A

From the re-formation era known as DKT (Davis, Kramer, Thompson) /MC5 featuring the, during the time, three surviving members with various guest vocalists which performed live from 2003 until Davis's death in 2012 when they disbanded.

w/ Lemmy from Motorhead: Sister Anne  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luOVdChvi0s
w/ Lemmy and Gilby Clarke Download Festival 2005 Back In The USA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcNDTk_rd_w
w/ William Duvall (Alice In Chains) Kick Out The Jams (2008 Royal Festival Hall)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCskFc3c0JI
w/ Dick Manitoba (The Dictators) American Ruse 2007 France https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjLHYaqrDZM

Mc5: Human Being Lawnmower https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHmKrpBiB_0

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Re: MC5
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2017, 06:42:30 PM »
Here's a few from Fred Sonic Smith's band:

Sonic's Rendezvous Band - City Slang    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtqTAvv2kDA

Sonic's Rendezvous Band 'Electrophonic Tonic'   "Great Song Title"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwsLKKzygQM

IGGY POP WITH SONIC'S RENDEZVOUS BAND - Copenhagen 1978 (audio)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eknX7kR4jPM

Sonic's Rendezvous Band 'Dangerous' live at Second Chance Ann Arbour 1978 ( remastered)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12JxhlyZoFM

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Re: MC5
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2018, 05:09:09 PM »
Wayne Kramer has assembled a pretty decent lineup here to tour the 50th Anniversary of Kick Out The Jams, in which they will play the entire Kick out The Jams live album in it's entirety. This would be something to be seen due to the fact that they are doing that whole killer kick ass album plus some assorted other MC5 songs.

The lineup
Wayne Kramer: guitars
Kim Thayil (Soundgarden): guitar
Doug Pinnick (Kings X): bass
Brendan Canty (Fugazi) drums
Marcus Durant (Zen Guerrilla) vocals

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/mc5s-wayne-kramer-to-be-joined-by-kim-thayil-doug-pinnick-for-kick-out-the-jams-50th-anniversary-tour/
 
I think Rob Tyner's vocals will be well represented, here is Marcus Durant with Zen Guerrilla.
Barbed Wire:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EctB4lanf_s
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Re: MC5
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2018, 02:07:27 PM »
That guy sounds pretty damn good, he will do a great job of doing Tyner's vocals for that. I don't see any dates posted anywhere yet. Anybody who's never heard that Kick out the jams album should definitely check that out.

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Re: MC5
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2018, 09:11:55 PM »
I haven't seen this tour date info mentioned anywhere online as of yet, but upon searching for info on these 50th anniversary Kick Out The Jams dates I was able to find that yes dates have in fact been booked and posted and more details released.

https://consequenceofsound.net/2018/04/mc5-reveals-dates-for-50th-anniversary-tour/

http://mc5kickoutthejamstickets2018.com/
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Re: MC5
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2018, 01:58:07 AM »
Here is some various footage of that MC50 tour. The tour as previously mentioned is interesting because it features Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), and Doug Pinnick (Kings X) Doug played the European dates but has since been replaced for at least some of the US dates as Kings X is touring as well.

Looking At You (Gothenburg):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX1Hgj5Ybe0

Ramblin' Rose, Kick Out The Jams, Come Together (Northside): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-VNGmn9RKM

Azkena Rock Festival:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_hMXUfRAkc
I Want You Right Now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7v57nAepoYQ
Rocket Reducer no. 62: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R24T-Zv93l8

Kick Out The Jams w/ Pearl Jam (Belgium): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDNSivYEsH0

Kick out the Jams (Ft. Lauderdale): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jad7HD5_0rY

Future Now (Raleigh, NC):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kizgD1kAD_c
Future Now (Atlanta, GA): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qR26xmZrz1E

Wayne Kramer interview with Q104.3 NY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stqKLkpSfnE


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Re: MC5
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2018, 07:29:44 PM »
They sound pretty good except they really miss
Rob Tyner’s vocals on Ramblin Rose